KELO Sports Anchor Jim Madalinsky Donates $1 to Minot Flood Relief for Every Facebook Fan

By Merrill Knox 

Before Jim Madalinsky became the weekend sports anchor at KELO in Sioux Falls, SD, he spent two years working in Minot, ND, as sports director for KMOT. Minot, a city in northern North Dakota, has had severe flooding in the past several months — and Madalinsky wanted to help.

Deadspin reports that Madalinsky announced Friday he would donate $5 to the American Red Cross for flood relief in Minot for every person that “liked” his Facebook page by the end of the day. At 2 p.m., he had 95 fans. By the end of the day, he had more than 500. Madalinsky extended the deadline to Sunday and lowered the donation to $1 per fan.

In yet another lesson to never underestimate the power of social media, Madalinsky’s final fan tally was 2,720 — and he has added another thousand “likes” today. “Whether its to help a good cause or simple watching a small-time sports guy go broke, either way, I’m stunned,” Madalinsky wrote on his Facebook page. “I’m going to get all my ducks in a row (apply for a loan) and see how the donations go before I give the final total. Thanks again!”


Madalinsky’s friends and colleagues have offered to chip in to the donations.

(h/t Deadspin)